Hydrogen Fuel Cells

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Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

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California. It is the leader in FCVs,(fuel cell vehicals). It has 20+ private stations, but that is not going to be enough. Soon, automakers are going to introdduce thousands of FCVs. So California has to ramp it up. Soon.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Hydrogen is the most abundant rescource in the cosmos.(Not the drink). It is the lightest because it only has one proton. Scince hydrogen doesn't exist on earth as a gas,(but it does in our atmosphere), we have to take it from other substances.Sir William Grove made a discovery, in 1839, that was centuries before its time. It was the hydrogen fuel cell.

*High cost*The hydrogen fuel is not always readily avalible*Very low infrastructure(but still growing).*Low density compared to gas*Hydrogen is required

*Releases only water*High Efficiency*Very little noise*Can be run in reverse for energy storage, producing hydrogen from electricity and water*No moving mechanical parts*Can be refuled in minutes

Pros

Cons

*Fuel cells can be used for transportation*Makes up about 75% of our entire universe*Hydrogen fuel cells are sometimes mentioned in sci-fi movies

Over all hydrogen fuel cells could be the next step in green energy. They may not be cheap but they produce energy that is dependable. These cells are already being used a lot in California on buses and cars and even in houses. These cells are only going to get cheaper and more efficient. So let’s lead the future.

*http://cafcp.org/hydrogen-infrastructure*http://blog.odysen.com/2013/12/02/10-interesting-facts-about-fuel-cells/*https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hydrogen.shtml*http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/hydrogen*http://www.fuelcelltoday.com/about-fuel-cells/faq*http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/05/fuel-cell-energy-pros-cons/*http://www.rpi.edu/dept/eng/otherweb/FCHRL/index9b60.html*http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/chemistry/hydrogen.html


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